Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Uptown: Gangbanger Shot October 15 Gets Shot Again On Halloween—And Dies

Jacoby Baker was shot outside the 7-Eleven (left) on October 15. He died last night, one hour after he was shot again near the flagpoles (right). | Google, Chicago Police Department

Most people manage to go through life without ever being shot.

Jacoby Baker managed to get shot twice in two weeks—both times in the 1100 block of West Wilson.

The second shooting, at 6:55 p.m. last night, killed the 24-year-old Black P Stones gang member.

Even though Baker was gunned down outside of Truman College and steps from the Wilson CTA station at the tail end of rush hour, virtually every witness who spoke with police claimed to have not seen or heard anything.

Nonetheless, an officer at the scene said “we got shell casings all over, ” and a CWBChicago editor counted ten evidence markers in the middle of Wilson Avenue. One marker for each empty shell casing the gunman left behind.

A 911 caller reported seeing a light-colored Honda speeding away from the scene moments after Jacoby fell to the ground with a bullet in his gut.

Probably not coincidentally, when Baker was shot across the street at 1134 West Wilson on October 15, witnesses said the shots might have come from a passing silver Honda that fled westbound.

After his first shooting of the month, Baker told police that he had no idea who would want to kill him. He told cops only that he “heard shots and felt pain” in his ankle and calf.

Baker has the dubious distinction of being Uptown’s 29th and 34th shooting victim of the year. He is the neighborhood’s ninth homicide victim.

Victim #35

Just five hours after Baker died in surgery last night, a bullet grazed a 15-year-old boy in yet another Uptown shooting.

A gunman emerged from a black sedan and fired six shots toward the teen around 11:20 p.m. in the 4400 block of North Magnolia.

Witnesses describe the offender as a black man between 18- and 20-years-old, 6’4” tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black hoodie.

An ambulance crew transported the victim to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston for a “very slight graze wound" to the right thigh, police said.

Uptown: Carjacking, Then A Shooting

Carjackers who took an Uptown man’s vehicle at gunpoint Saturday afternoon returned to the neighborhood and used it in a drive-by shooting just three hours later, according to police sources.

The carjacking victim told police that three men in a silver car flashed a silver gun and took his red Chevy Equinox with a busted rear window near Wilson and Broadway around 3 p.m.

The same vehicle—with distinctive yellow tape securing a temporary rear window—rolled down the 4500 block of North Sheridan at 6:15 p.m. and a passenger opened fire into a laundromat.

A 25-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his arm, police said.

Police found the stolen Equinox abandoned in the 4400 block of North Beacon this morning. It is impounded for investigation, a source said.

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